ANNIVERSARY OF THE MINNESOTA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
the early history of medicine in Minnesota,
local medical societies have played an important role in organized medicine,
working in conjunction with the Minnesota Medical Association and the American
Medical Association. In 1853, 11 young physicians gathered in the territory
that would become testate of Minnesota
and founded our medical society. Ever since then, Minnesota
physicians have stood together, working to safeguard the quality of medical
care and the future of their profession.
1855, the Union Medical Society, which was the precursor of the Hennepin County
Medical Society, was founded with Dr. A. E. Ames as president -- the first
county medical society in the territory. In 1860, the second county medical
society was organized -- the St. Paul Academy of Medicine and Surgery, with Dr.
Thomas R. Potts as president. In 1869, when the Minnesota State Medical Society
was reorganized, the St. Paul
society became the Ramsey County Medical Society (1870). That same year Dakota,
Goodhue and Winona counties established their local county medical societies.
1872, there were six county medical societies organized in the state and by
1900, 15 local and county societies were recognized. The ties between state and
component societies were loose until 1902 when the American Medical Association
issued anew constitution and bylaws that forged a strong working relationship
among the county, state, and national associations.
accounts of the launching of the Ramsey County Medical Society were published
in the Ramsey County Medical Society Journal in the July/August issue in 1995.
compiled many historical documents in 2003 during the anniversary celebration. Minnesota
Medicine; September 2003/Volume 86. Of special interest is "Of History and
a Few Good Men" which is reproduced in this web site under Medicine in
Minnesota- Founding of Ramsey
County medical Society.
In this account Dr. John Coleman M.D. describes the Launching of the Ramsey
County Medical Society, and gives an account of the years surrounding the
beginning of the Ramsey County Medical Society" Ramsey County Medical
Society Journal, July/August, 1995 written for the 125thanniversary of the
The below topics can be found at http://.www.mma.org
1. History of the MMA
2. History of Medicine in Minnesota
3. Local Component Societies
4. Read Timeline of MMA History
5. Memories and Quotes
celebrate its 150th anniversary, the Minnesota Medical Association
planned special benefits and events for members.
pin. Every physician who joins or renews membership in the Minnesota Medical
Association in 2003, the MMA 150th anniversary year, will receive a
commemorative lapel pin.
welcome Reception of the MMA 2003 Annual Meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Rochester
included a video presentation on the history of the MMA and the chance to mingle
with historic interpreters portraying physicians who practiced medicine in Minnesota
in the 1800s. History on the MMA Web site has information about the history of
the Minnesota Medical Association since its beginnings in 1853. The MMA will
continue to add new information, gradually bringing our history up to date.
Medicine, September 2003; Volume 86 is a special historic issue. During 2003
articles about the history of the MMA appeared regularly in Minnesota Medicine.
Anniversary -- History of Medicine in Minnesota
Minnesota has been in the vanguard of important
discoveries and advances in medicine including the first cholecystectomy in the
United States, performed by
Justus Ohage, M.D., at St. Joseph's Hospital in
St.Paul, and the development of open heart surgery at the University
about the highlights of medicine in Minnesota,
visit these Websites:
Research Firsts -- University
University Of Minnesota
Medical School: Biomedical Achievement Gallery
"Medical Research Firsts in Medical Devices, Procedures, Health Care and
of Mayo Clinic:
Mayo Clinic History http://www.mayoclinic.org/tradition-heritage/
History of Research at Mayo Clinic
of St. Mary's Hospital at Mayo Clinic:
History of St. Mary's Hospital
of St. Joseph's
History of St. Joseph's
Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine: The library is a
collection of approximately 60,000 rare and out-of-print books, manuscripts,
and journals dating from the early 1400s to 1920.
Owen H. Wagensteen Historical Library (University
Bakken Library and Museum: The library and museum holds rare books and
scientific instruments relating to the role of electricity in life. The Bakken
was founded in 1975 by Earl E. Bakken, inventor of the first transistorized
Lillehei Heart Institute: The Lillehei Heart Institute is an inter-disciplined
research institute within the University
of Minnesota's Academic
and Medical School.
It was named in honor of C. Walton Lillehei, "the father of open-heart
The Lillehei Heart Institute
Children's Specialty Healthcare: The Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
was founded in 1911 in St. Paul
by future MMA President Arthur Gillette, M.D. Although the hospital underwent several
name changes through the years and now boasts several clinics in Minnetonka,
New Brighton, and northern Minnesota,
it has maintained its focus of caring for children who have disabilities. The
hospital's Web site contains historical information about the hospital and a
chronology. The site also contains information about "We Hold This
Treasure: The Story of Gillette Children's Hospital, "by Steven E. Koop,
M.D. More about the book is also available in the bibliography section.
The Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare History
Minneapolis Public Library: The Minneapolis
Public Library has compiled a history of Minneapolis.
The section includes a brief history of the city and smaller essays examining
the development of key institutions (industries, newspapers, the University
of Minnesota) and social
services (medicine, education, religion). The site also contains historic
taken from John Colemanâ€™s article is in the Ramsey County section on the MMA